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It is good to have dreams!

Thursday, 19 June, 2014 - 6:42 am

Korach, Moses's first cousin, staged a rebellion against Moses and Aaron. Together with a few ringleaders, he gathered 250 men of renown and accused Moses and Aaron of power hoarding: "The entire congregation is holy, and the L-rd is in their midst. So why do you raise yourselves above the L-rd's assembly?"

For all time, Korach is remembered as the rabble rouser. So much so, that according to the Talmud, when the Torah wishes to warn against the agitation of dispute and disunity, it does so by instructing "Don't be like Korach..."

Why do we memorialize such a person? Why honor him by naming a Torah portion in his name? The answer is that there is another side to Korach. Korach desired spirituality.

Korach, searching for a spiritual high, craved the position of High Priest. Despite having a positive vision, his method of reaching that dream position was erroneous. Korach refused to accept that it was by G-d’s instruction that Aaron, and Aaron alone, should be the High Priest, and resorted to mob-like tactics causing strife and divisiveness.

The Torah portion is named after Korach, for time immemorial, to encourage us to be constantly striving for spiritual growth. The best way to do that is by following G-d’s instructions and respecting the diverse talents He gave each individual.

How are you moving your dreams forward? Are you respecting others uniqueness in the process?

Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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